Zhang + Knight


Zhang + Knight

Zhang + Knight are a London based directing duo who create vivid films within dreamlike environments. Their unique imagery uses light and shade to construct texture rich compositions, a symptom perhaps of Zhang’s desire to be a painter in another life (Knight wanted to be an opera singer).

Their video ‘Softly’ for Arlo Parks showcases their dazzling set design with a surreal cityscape unraveling before her. Promos for London Grammar, Meryem Aboulouafa and Eden have been awarded at D&AD, Creative Circle and Kinsale, and Zhang + Knight also won Best New Director at the UKMVAs in 2018. Their 2019 short film ‘Sweep Away Hungry Ghosts’ gained Official Selection at Slamdance and won them a place on the BFI Flare X BAFTA Mentorship Program.

Zhang + Knight’s commercial work is an echo of their standout promos, with campaigns for Mercedes, Hawaiian Airlines, Maserati and more showcasing their trademarks: vibrant colours and a distinctive visual world.

Their powerful work for Stonewall earlier this year has been recognised in various award shows, most recently winning two British Arrows this year. Other accolades include a nomination for New Director of the Year at Young Arrows 2023, being official selection for the APA collection 2023, several Creative Circle and The One Show gongs, where they were also named as 2023's Young Guns winners.

They are currently in the throes of crafting their short film.

Instagram: @zhang_knight